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A Tree Grows In Brooklyn Script





This will be the last of them now,




ls Dad home, Mom? can we go now?



Not so loud, Keeley, do you want to

wake your Papa up?



Gosh, Francie, ain't you through

with them old dishes yet?



She'll only be a minute.



My, l wish he was as anxious to get



going on school mornings as he is on




Papa was late last night.



Yeah l was dead asleep when he come

in, l guess.



He said if people didn't like to

make speeches so much at dinners,



waiters could spend more time with

their families.



Oh, it wasn't much of a job, l guess.

Them club dinners don't tip much.



ls that all, Mama?



Yes, yes. Go on, l'll dry 'em.



Don't look like you got much there

this week.



One of these days Mrs. Gabish



is going to throw away that

old wash boiler of hers.



Carney will pay us plenty for the

copper bottom off of that.



He won't pay you any more than he

have to.



You watch him on that weighing now.






Oh, parents ought to have a day

thas like



Saturday is for kids. Go on.



Maybe if l start in the lower hall

and scrub my way up today



ill make something

special out of it for me.



Keep an eye on him, Francie.



Come on!

- Yes, Mama!



They done good today. Come on.



Man throws cigarette

package in gutter,



Francie blocks boy

from diving for it.






All right, pickers!



Come on!



Now look, stand on the same

side as him when he weighs



it so's he can reach it.



And don't forget to stand there

after he pays you.



You forgot that last time.

And a penny's a penny ain't it?



Well, l guess l know what it is.

Well all right then.



Three cents!



Look, that stuff's worth more than




Shut up! l say what things are worth

around here!



Who's next?



Oh, hello little girl! Come on.



Shut up! Shut up!



You done fine.

Nine cents. Three, five, nine...



There you are. An extra penny

because you're a nice little girl.



Thas better. Gosh! l wish Carney

liked to pinch boys.



Nine and my pinching penny.



Thirty nine.



ls a pen setter!

- Ah! No! lt ain't so!



Let me! ...Twenty six!...

A pen wiper.



Something you want, little girl?



l'm merely looking, thank you.

l have a right. l have money.



Step on a crack...

break your mother's back...



Here she comes, Jesus!



Neeley! Neeley, we gotta go home!



Beat it!



Mama said.

- Mama said.



l'll beat you!



Oh, no you won't!



Heaven's sake! ls it that late




Well, l guess l 'll just let these

stairs go'til later.



Four cents, Mom!



Well, thas pretty good. Dump the

bucket, Keeley.



Mama, can l...



No. Dump the bucket and bring it...



Today's the day for the insurance

collector and l sure don't want him



to catch me looking like this.



Hot, ain't it?



Yeah. But Christmas will be here

before you know it.



Got enough troubles without worrying

about that.



How's your sister today, Henry?



Poorly, thank you.



Well, hello, Flossie dear.



Hello, Mrs. Nolan, don't you notice




well, you look like you was feeling

better, much better,



don't she Francie?



No, l don't! l don't!



Heat up the coffee while

l fix supper.



Right there.






Yes, Neeley?



Mom, if there was a rule about




that doesn't mean you couldn't do

something else once in a while...



Neeley, you cannot have any of those

pennies to buy an ice cream cone.



They go in the bank the same as

usual. Bring them in here, Neeley.



Half of everything we get goes into

that bank.



Thas the way it is and thas the

way is going to be.



Now put them in there.



Gosh, l bet we got about a hundred

dollars in that old bank by now.



Nine's more like it.



Mama! Mama! They're cutting the tree.



Oh, thas too bad.



That was kind of pretty there with

the bird sitting in it sometimes.



Papa loved that tree.



Aw, quit mooning over it. lt got in

the way of the washing.



Tree ain't gonna put no pennies in

the bank.



Mr. Barker. Get out the good cup

and saucer and give it a wipe.



And Francie,



you can stay in the room if you want

to while Mr. Barker is here.



How do you do, Mr. Barker?



How do you do, Francie?



Mommy is temporarily detained but

will join you directly.



Hello, Neeley.

- Hello.



l might fancy you get manners right

out of the book.



And company or no company,

Mrs. Nolan always looks the lady.



You should see some of my people.



Even ladies with husbands that work




Won't you go. into the parlor and

have a cup of coffee?



That l will. And your hospitality is

very kind, Mrs. Nolan.



Well, old man Gentry is off to jail




Oh, thas too bad.



But she's keeping up his insurance,

just the same.



And here's ours. Ten cents for me,

ten cents for Mr. Nolan,



a nickel for each of the




And you'll never regret it, Mrs.




A fine funeral for every member of

the family, heaven forbid.



And now your weekly receipts,

Mrs. Nolan.



Now, there's one party, not very far

from here, l wouldn't like to say who



that didn't get any receipts

this week.



And naming no names, l will say that

is a family that the angel of



death has marked on his invitation

list, heaven forbid.



Henny says his sister's got one foot

in the grave.






lll mean problems for you, most

likely. And thank you, Francie.



Well, thas what people get,



wasting good money to give her

dresses instead of insurance.



Dresses thall last longer than she




All depends on what folks thinks is




But Papa says that...

- Thas right, Mr. Barker,



it all depends on what folks

thinks is important.



Oh, and how is Mr. Nolan? ls he

working or not working?



Some tell me one thing, some another.

Of course, l don't listen.



Mr. Nolan being a singing waiter,

Mr. Barker,



and what you might call an

artist, his work don't come steady



like other people.



But l'm sure you'll remember when

you talk to folks



that the Nolans have always paid

their insurance on the dot.



Oh, you surely don't think l go

around spreading gossip



about my clients, Mrs. Nolan



Oh, sure not. And how's my mother,

Mr. Barker?



ln the prime, Mrs. Nolan,

as fine as can be.



And she says to tell you she'll be




oh, over tonight same as usual.



And, l trust you're pleased with the

news about your sister?



Well, just what news do you mean, Mr.




Oh, well she must be saving it to

surprise with tonight



when the family's all here together.



l'd take it kindly if you told me

what you mean.



Well, l trot around, same as usual,

to collect her weekly dime



and what do you think happens?



Sell, sir, she gives me two dimes.



Yes, sir, she's done it again.



She's got herself a brand new




Oh, no.



Well, now, l suppose you mean about

her still being married.



l don't mind saying, l had the same

thought myself.



But, l'm sure it must be all right.



She must have made some arrangement.



l'm quite sure she did, Mr. Barker.

l'm sure that anything...



Does she call this one Bill too?



You children run along now and do

the marketing.



Go on, take some money

from the cup...



Oh, but Mom, l want to hear about...



Take the money from the cup and get

a five cent soup bone off of Haslin.



Don't get the chopped meat off him,




He grinds it behind closed doors,

and heaven only knows.



Go to Werner's for the meat.



Ask for round steak, chopped,

ten cents worth.



And don't let him give it to you off

the plate.



And ask him to chop it in.



And then just at the last ask for a

piece of suet to fry it with.



But he won't always do that, Mama.



Tell him your Mama said.

And then go for the bread.



ls Saturday, Mama, and...



All right, ask for a nice pie,

not too crushed. Now, go on.



But, Mama, we know Aunt

Sissy's been married before!



Thas not...

- Sure. l can remember two Uncle Bills.



Thas nothing for you to talk about.



Now run along now and get things




You got no right, Mr. Barker,



to be carrying tales about

my sister as though.



there were something wrong.



She may be funny some ways, but she

wouldn't do nothing wrong.



So, l'd like it if you didn't talk

to people like it was.



Strike nee dead if l'd ever think of

mentioning it to anyone but you...



Yeah, sure, l know.



Well, you might as well go on now

and tell me what you do know.



No point in my being the only one

that don't hear it.






Ten cents worth of round steak, do

you want it ground?



No, thank you.

- You sure?



lt wasn't twenty minutes ago l

ground that whole plate full fresh.



No, thank you.



Oh, l forgot, now. My Mama wants it




You don't tell me.



And she said to chop that in with it.



She did?



And a piece of suet to fry it with

Mama said.



Sweet jumping chrystophers.



You know? Mama thinks we don't know




Yeah, she acts like we were kids or




l bet she has a fight with Aunt

Sissy tonight.



ls got something to do with men

liking Aunt Sissy too much.



Well, Papa says we oughta make

everybody like us.



l guess maybe ladies shouldn't.



Maybe Aunt Sissy wouldn't have

changed husbands too much if any of



her babies would have lived.

She's crazy about babies.



Look who's talking about babies.

A lot you know.



l know as much as you do.



You don't know nothing.



You think you're so smart.

Boys make me sick.



Well what do you think girls make




Here she comes!



Six loaves!



And a pie, not too crushed.



Breas fine.



l wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't

more than three days old.



ls that all, Mom? Can we go now?



Yes, you're free.



Where's the fire?



There's a scout for the Brooklyns




They're looking for a catcher.



Where are you going?



Oh, no place much.



Well, don't go dream-walking,

crossing the street.



T... U... Burton:

"Anatomy of Melancholy".



Burton: "Anatomy of Melancholy"



Burton's "Anatomy of Melancholy"?

Are you sure you want this?



Yes, ma'am.



Don't you think is a trifle over

your head?



Yes, ma'am.



Then why did you select it?



Well, l've read all the authors

beginning with "A",



and all the "Bs" down to Burton.

ls next.



You mean you're trying to read your

way straight through the library?



Yes, ma'am.



But, a book like this, you'll only

be confused.



Please, l want to read clear through

the alphabet.



l want to know everything in the




Well, all right. Only, do something

for me, won't you?



Take another book too. Here:



"When Knighthood Was in

Flower". Just for fun. ls Saturday.



l'll have a headache thinking about

you wrestling with



"The Anatomy of Melancholy"

all weekend.



Will you?



Yes, ma'am.



A little more to the left,

Mr. Crackenbach.



You think l want to see me clothes

hanging with your wash up there!



Don't you forget to fix mine,

Mr. Crackenbach!



Maybe you'd like to come up here and

fix it yourselves.



And thas just what you'll be doing

if you don't shut up!



Mr. Crackenbachl...



...a wheelbarrow, through streets

broad and narrow, crying cockles



and mussels alive alive oh.



l won! l won!



Well, now, l wouldn't be too sure

about that if l was you.



But l did. l got it open before you

finished and thas the rule.



But l came up one flight two steps

at a time before l remembered.



Don't that make a difference?



No, sir. The rules say that



And in a manner of speaking, you

never did stop me at all,



because my heart kept right

on singing.



Papa, you're joking.



Well, l guess l'll let you get away

with it this time, Prima Donna.



And where's your beautiful Mama?



Finishing the hall.



She must be on the top floor or

she'd have heard you.



Well, in that case, why aren't you

getting busy?



Why aren't you laying out my




Oh, Papa, you always make fun. You

know you haven't any more clothes.



Haven't any more clothes, huh?

Whas this?



A tie.

- And this?



A dickie.

- And this?



An apron.

- Well, them's clothes, ain't they?



And you'd better be getting that

apron ironed too.



Oh, Papa, you've got a job for




You see the palm of that hand?



Thas right where l got the world




Where's the job, Papa?



Klompers. A big wedding party.



And you know something, Prima Donna?

There'll be plenty of tips.



singing or waiting?

- Both.



Oh, maybe tonighll be it. Maybe

tonight he'll be there.



The impresario.



And he'll hear you sing, and he'll

put you on the stage!



And why not? Ain't l the Brooklyn




Oh, Papa!



And now you'd better be getting my

apron ironed.



Have it in a jiffy, Papa. The

coffee's on.



Thas my Prima Donna. Early one

morning, l heard a maiden singing.



Ear... Pst! Pst!



Oh, Papa, l can't sing.



Come on, now, you're holding up the




"Oh, don't deceive me, oh, don't you

leave me."



And better singing l never did hear.



l love to iron for you, Papa.



You know, something?



A day like this is just like

somebody gave you a present.



Everything just right.



l wonder what people did before they

invented coffee.



Oh, this sure could be a fine world,




Hey, you know something, Prima




You're going to make somebody a

mighty fine wife, some day.



Oh, Papa.



And mighty pretty, too. That is, if

your nose doesn't grow crooked.



Could it really? Honest?



Oh, no! ls the prettiest nose in

all Brooklyn.



Oh, Papa, it isn't.

- who says it isn't?



You just tell me who said it and

l'll take care of 'em.



Papa, you're crazy!



And you know something else?



You're not going to be ironing like

this when that impresario



comes along.



Things are going to be different

around here, you wait and see!



Yes, Papa.



Hey, whas the wish you wish the

most when our ship comes sailing in?



Well, it already came true.



What is it? Come on and tell me.



Well, l wished that when you came

home today, you wouldn't be sick.



Oh, who told you to call it "sick"




Ah, you shouldn't waste your wishes

on things like that!



You should be saving 'em, for a silk

dress or something.



Haven't you got a better wish than





- Come on!



Well, l hope Mama won't be too mad

with Aunt Sissy.



What about Aunt Sissy?



She's gone and got herself another

husband. Again!



No! Oh, oh, no! Gee, if there isn't

a woman for you!



Hey, what did -what did your Manna




Well, she didn't like it.

- l can imagine that.



Couldn't you say something to her?

Not to be too mad to Aunt Sissy?



That l could, Prima Donna, and that

l will.



Oh, thank you, Papa.



Now, haven't you got just one little

wish for yourself? Just one wish?



Just for you.



Well... Did you see it, Papa?

- What?



Out the window. Our tree. They've

killed it!



Well, would you look at that now?



They didn't have any right to kill

it, did they, Papa?



Oh now, wait a minute. They didn't

kill it.



Why they couldn't kill that tree.






Oh, why sure, baby.



Don't tell me that tree's gonna lay

down and die that easy.



Look at that tree, see where is

coming from?



Right up out of the cement.

Didn't nobody plant it.



lt didn't ask the cement could it




lt just couldn't help growing so

much it



pushed that old cement right

out of the way.



Why, when you're busting with

something like that,



can't anybody help it.



Like... Like that little old bird

right up there. Listen to him.



He didn't ask anybody could he sing,



and he certainly didn't take

any lessons.



He's so full of singing, is just

got to bust out someplace.



Why they could cut that old tree

right down to the ground



and a root would push up

someplace else in the cement.



You wait till Spring, Prima Donna

and you'll see.



Well, this ain't winning the family

bread, huh?



Come on, ain't you got one nice

little wish just for yourself?



No, Papa. l just...

- Just what?



l just love you so much, Papa.



Well, what do you know.



Listen, if l make a lot of tips

tonight, you know what l'm gonna do?



What Papa?



l'm gonna put two bucks on the nose

of a horse l know is running Monday.



And l'll win ten. Then l'll put it

on another horse.



And if l use my head, and l'm lucky,

l'll run it up to five hundred bucks.



Then you know what l'm gonna do?

- What Papa?



l'm gonna take you on a trip. Just

you and me, on a regular train.



Maybe we'll go down south and see

the cotton.



You know, down where then cotton

blossoms blow?



"Way down upon the Swannee River...



Far, far away..." You're a nice girl,




come on, we'll go up and tell your

Mama the news about my job.



Anybody seen Johnny Nolan's wife?



Johnny? You all right?



And why not?



Ain't l married to the most

beautiful lady in all Williamsburg






Well, you're shouting so that

they'll hear you over to Manhattan.



Now, don't you get fresh with me

tonight, Mrs. Nolan.



lt happens l'm working. Klomper's.

Big wedding party.



Well, l thought you looked kinda

extra dressy.



l guess you won't get home until the

sun comes up.



The later the better.



The more tips, the more fine silk

stockings for my wife's pretty legs.



Oh, silk stocking's is just what l




Now, just wait a minute, Mrs. Nolan.



Ain't you gonna give me a kiss for




oh, the whole house is looking.



Sure, l know they's looking, but who




This is the finest job l've had in




Maybe l'll get more from tonight.



Well, you'd better get on with it.

Good jobs don't wait.



But the job's no good without your

kissing me.



Well, you still got away with you,

Johnny Nolan.



Now go on, get out of here.

Before you know it,



the folks at that wedding

will be an old married couple.



Before you know it, l won't go at




There's ain't the only wedding that




Take your hat arid get out of here

before someone else cops that job.



Our, ah, Francie tells me that

Sissy's gone and done it again.



Well, maybe he's a nice fella.

Don't be too hard on her, huh?



They was all nice fellas. Beat it?

now, Johnny.



Well, thas just a sample, madam.



lf you like my stock, drop me a card

and l'll be back again.



Good evening!



Well, would you look at our

beautiful princess tonight



in a brand-new gown.



ls made out of silk.



Silk? Oh, don't you tell me that.



This dress is made out of flower

petals and birs wings



and a little old piece of cloud.



Anybody can tell that. Oh, good

evening, Mr. Spencer.



Working tonight, Johnny?



Yeah, big wedding party. Oh, good

evening Miss Lizzie, Miss Maggie.



You're looking fine today,

indeed you are.



Thank you, ladies. Here comes the

Bride. HereGood evening, ladies.



Good evening!



Allow me, Princess.

Hi, Mr. Ching.






Was did Mom say about Aunt Sissy?



Now don't worry about it,

everything's going to be all right.



Your Aunt Sissy's a fine woman,

Francie. Look at them things!...



There's no use talking. Some day l'm

gonna buy you them skates.



Mama says not to be too late, Papa.



Look, God invented time and when he

invents something,



there's always plenty of it.



There's your car, Papa.



Boy, look at them knives!



Mama says time is money.



Well, l guess he wasn't worrying

much about money right then.



There's your car, Papa.



Well, l might as well catch it.



Supper's ready.



Y Hey, am l hungry!



And when weren't you hungry?

- Mama?



Yes, Francie.

- what does white mean?



Oh, just white, l guess. What do you

mean, what does it mean?



Neeley, sit down at your place.



Well, why do girls always wear it

when they're married,



and when they're confirmed

and when they graduate?



Why does it always have to be white?



Just one of those things somebody

started. Lots of things like that.



Will l have a white dress when l




We'll see. Neeley will probably have

to have shoes by that time.



But, Mama!



Well, talk to him about it.



lf you can get him to quit coming

through the soles of his shoes...



Just because he's a boy.



All right, Mama, l will gladly do

without so my little brother can be



happy with new shoes.



Little brother my eye...



That will do. Francie, you read too




Hey, Aunt Sissy!

- What did you bring us?



l brought myself chickapeas, isn't

that enough?



Oh, and a couple of magazines from

the dentist.



Whas he need 'em for, or me




l can't read like my educated little

niece here.



Hello, Katie, my darling.



Good evening, sissy.



Well, you look fine, Katie.



Yeah, l look fine.



Who spilled the beans. Oh, l forgot,

it was old Barker's day here.



Where's Johnny? l was kinda counting

on him to be in my corner.



Oh, sure. You and Johnny.



Oh, look, Katie.



l didn't tell you because l wanted

to bring Bill around.



But, l couldn't. He's home sleeping.

He's a milk man, you see.



Ah, listen. You're gonna wish me

happiness, ain't you?



Naturally, l'm going to wish you

happiness this time too.



Oh, golly, why can't you skip to the

part where you forgive me?



You're going to before you're




You know l'll get around you in the




Why can't you just be human now and

get it over with? Huh?



Oh, there ain't no one like you to

get around



a person in the whole world.



Unless is Johnny. You're in time

for pie. Go on now and sit down.



Well, thas more like it. Thas my

kid sister talking.



Just coffee for me.



l gotta get home soon and fix

breakfast for Bill.



Breakfast? At night?

- Yeah. Ain't it a riot?



We sleep all day long with the

shades pulled down



to keep out the sun.



And the window shut to keep out the

noise. ls fun.



You don't live like nobody else.



No, you sure don't.



Easy on the whip kid. Now, wait til

you meet my Bill.



You and him will be...



Wouldn't you marry nobody if they

wasn't named Bill, Aunt Sis?



She might not remember them if they




Oh, Bill's got some other names.

Steve, l think it is.



But l always like Bill.



A good man's name with no stuck up

about it.



Oh, you'll be crazy about him, Katie.



Yeah? But the question is, how will

him and you get along?



Oh, is wrong, Sissy, l mean, the




The others was wrong.



Whas right about keeping on with a

guy you don't love each other any more?



But it ain't as easy as that!



l think Aunt Sissy's right about

when love is dead.



Now look what you started.



lt ain't nothing to talk about in

front of them.



Every time you come here you fill

their heads with...



Go on downstairs for a while kids.



Your Mama's got a spanking up her

sleeve and



she ain't gonna feel

right until somebody gets it.



Might as well get it over with...



oh, you don't want to frown like

that, snuggle puff.



The fellas don't go for that at all.



All right, kid, les have it. The




l'm a disgrace.



You don't know what to do with me.



You can hardly face the neighbors

with what they must be saying.



l'm old enough to know better.



Go on, get it all off your chest, then

we can make up and forget about it.



Thas right. Talk your way out of

it. You probably will, too.



Whad Mama have to say?



Well, you know Mama,

she don't say much.



Oh, sure, l know Mama.



Says that you're bad, only where the

men are concerned but



she's good in her heart.

oh, but that ain't it, Sissy.



People got a right to talk, and the

kids are bound to hear,



and it ain't right for them.

And you can get in trouble.



You ain't real sure what happened.



And there's laws about things like




Katie, so help me, this time is

for keeps.



l ain't even gonna look at another




And as for the last one, he can't be




or l would have heard from him.

l've been pretty good.



Seven years is a long time to wait

around not being married.



They said all you had to wait was

seven years. And l waited.



Well, for the life of me, l don't

know what you're trying to talk



yourself into, but l got a feeling

it ain't right.



All l know, is it can't be wrong or

l wouldn't feel like l do about it.



l'm dumb, sure, but l know this much:

lf l feel bad about something,



is wrong.



lf l feel good, is right. You

wouldn't get it, Katie.



You've got all the breaks

l've never had.



You got the kids, you've got a kid

you're clear overboard about.



You're lucky.



Yeah, and where does crazy over

somebody get you?



lt don't put no pennies in the bank.



lt don't buy no clothes for the kids

to go to school in.



Maybe you got it better not sticking

to one guy.



l wish sometimes

l wasn't so crazy over him.



Hey, Katie.



l won't have the kids taking after

him either.



Him and those dreamy ways of his l

used to think were so fine.



Not if l got to cut it right out of

their hearts!



ls what are you saying?



l don't know.



Yes you do, you're saying plenty.



Whas happened between you and




l don't know what l'm saying. l E

don't know whas come over me.



Well, look, hon, is time we found




Sure, we got something to talk about




l don't want to talk...



Ah-ah! You're the kid sister, you

listen now.



You was awful crazy about Johnny.



Don't tell me, l seen ya.



lt was like every woman wants to be

with a guy.



All right. Maybe Johnny didn't turn

out just like you figured.



Sure, he drinks and all, and you're

the one who's had to make most of



the living but, but, everybody's got




And you wasn't crazy about Johnny

because he was going be a banker,



it was on account of...



Well, on account of how he laughed

and how you felt walking down



the street holding on to him and

having other women look at you.



Aced the way he could, the way he

could talk about things.



And the way he has of saying hello

to everybody, like...



like he was giving

away something.



Thas what you was crazy about,

and that ain't changed!



l don't know.



Them things couldn't change in

Johnny, even if he tried.



He's just different kinda, he always




But he ain't changed.



lf there's been any changing hon,

maybe is you.



You still got all he was crazy over,

ain't you?






Then thank your lucky stars for what

you got, Katie Nlolan,



and take the rest along with it.



And you got a lot, you can take it

from me.



And don't think you haven't.



Well, l mighta known, starting out

to take you apart,



l'd wind up with

you making me over.



Nice going.

Don't stir yourself, pal. Thank you.



Gotta go inside, Alfred.



How'd you come out, Aunt Sis?



No decision, it was a draw. Your

mom's bark is worse than her bite.



Look, tell me something.



When Papa's home, l bet, l bet him

and Mama laugh a plenty, don't they?



You know, like they always did?



Sure. Pop can snake anybody laugh

when he wants to.



Except when he's drunk.



Sick, Neeley! Mama said to call it.



Okay, sick then.



Look, hon, l'll tell you what you

can do for me.



Do all the laughing you can.

You know, keeps everybody healthy.






Laughter is the singing of the




You're a funny kid. Head full of all

them things. Kinda like your pop.



She tells lies like Pop too.



He does not tell lies!



Well, l don't know what you call




Time out! Had enough battling to

last me for today.



Where'd you get the skates?



Oh, they aren't ours. Papa said he'd

get us some though.



Oh, he didn't mean it, he just said




He did too mean it, Neeley, Nolan,




Easy now! Kinda like your pop,

don't you hon?



He does mean it, doesn't he, Aunt




Sure he means it. He means it,

every word.



But, well you know,

sometimes things happen.



But it kinda ain't his fault.

l tell you what.



Les make up like Johnny gave you

them skates like he said.



And they're yours.

Ain't gonna hurt nobody.



Oh, Aunt Sissy



No sense in those things standing

around, nobody using them. Come on...



Here we go. Easy now.

ls that fun?



Can l put them on next, Aunt Sissy?



Sure you can.



Mom! Mom! Mom! You come back here!



You bring back my daughter's skates!



You was the one that put them kids

up to it!



Easy now, nobody's hurt, we only

borrowed them.



She's not going off with them, Effie.



Don't you dare take up with that

woman, like that you...



You poor little guy, do you have to

put up with that all the time?



Hey, Officer! Come on over here,

now this woman here she tried to...



Easy, easy... Take it easy.



Oh, l'm sure glad you came along,




you look like you could

whip a bunch of women into line.



Well, thas fine, but now suppose

somebody tells me



what all the excitemens about.



Look, she tried to steal my little

girl's skates.



She tried to grab her...



We only borrowed them for just a

minute, honest.



Thas right.



There wasn't nobody using them and a

little fun and frolic



on a Saturday never hurt nobody.



Bet you know all about that don't




lf you think you're gonna get out of

it, making eyes at the law...



l don't know what the worls coming




Get back a little bit, buddy, huh?



This lady is my sister, she didn't

mean any harm.



l'm quite sure she didn't.



Ah, well... As far as l can see

there's been no harm done.



Now, just break it up, run along, go

to your homes.



Go on, you too. Go on, buddy, run




Ah, now suppose l see you women to

your home.



Thanks, handsome.



My sister's always trying to be

funny, officer.



She don't mean nothing by it.



l'd like you to know, this is the

first time that of my of my family



ever got in trouble in the street.



...And l'll see to it that it don't

happen again.



l guess l know a lady when

l see one ma'am.



l'm glad l've been of service to you,




He sure take a shine to you, Katie.



Go on, who'd look at me.



He would.



Funny, sometimes you kinda forget

you are a woman.



He wasn't going to arrest us, Mama.



Aunt Sissy talked him out of it, and

we got to skate on them anyway,



didn't we, Aunt Sissy?



You go inside and tell Sheila and

her Mama you're sorry.



Do l have to, Mama?



l don't like to say to you what l'm

going to, Sissy.



Oh, golly, are we going to start

that again?



You're the only sister l got.



l don't care what people say about

you for myself.



But l got the kids to think about,

and if l don't think about them,



nobody will. You're...



Well, you're bad for them,




What are you trying to say, kid?



l don't want you to come around here

no more.



My mins made up so don't try to




it with any of that

soft talk of yours.



Well, l won't Kate,

not if you mean it.



But les keep on talking about you.

Sofs one thing, but hars another.



All right, it ain't nice to be hard.



But my kids is gonna be somebody if



l gotta turn into granite

rock to make 'em.



Oh, l wish you hadn't said that, kid.

...Bye, Katie.



and Nahal lived nine and twenty

years and begat Terra, and Nahal



lived after he begat Terra a hundred

and nineteen years"



Boy, thas older than Grandma,

ain't it?



"and begat sons and daughters."

Okay, thas the end of the page.



Troylis: And dreaming night will

hide our dreams no longer.



l would not from thee.

Cressida; Night hath been too brief.



Troylis: be shrew the witch with




Oh, that ain't even English!



lt is too. Shakespeare wrote the

best English of anybody.



All right, you tell me what it means,

you're so smart.



l didn't say l know what it means. l

said l liked it.



Thall do.



okay, but l bet you don't know what

it means either.



Maybe not, but l do know is good

for you.



"...be shrew the witch with venomous




She don't know what it means, Mom

don't know what it means,



Grandma can't even read, and gosh

knows, l don't know what it...



Mama, l can't read if he...



Just wasting time every night

reading stuff



nobody knows what is all about.



Now listen.



Your Aunt Sissy brought that bible

all the way from Sheepshead Bay.



And your Papa blew in all his tips

one time on that Shakespeare,



cause Grandma said they was the

greatest books and you should read



from them every night. So,

you ain't gonna waste 'em.



l don't know, sometimes it does seem

kind of foolish.



But it might get you somewhere.



Might even get you a job someday.

Who can tell?



This reading will not stop.

l say this thing.



To this new land, your grandfather

and l came, very long ago now.



Because we heard that here is

something very good.



Hard we worked. Very hard.

But we could not find this thing.



For a long time, l do not understand.

And then l know.



When l am old, l know.



ln that old country, a child can

rise no higher



than his father's state.



But here, in this place, each one is

free to go



as far as he's good to

make of himself.



This way, the child can be better

than their parent



and this is the true way

that things grow better.



And this has to do something with

the learning,



which is here free to all people.

l who am old, missed these things.



My children missed these things.



But my children's children shall not

miss it.



This reading shall not stop.



And you, Katie, it is not only for

the job that this is good,



but for the true things

inside of us.



You don't think well about this.



Nor about what you do with your




You have forgotten to think with

your heart.



There is a coldness growing in you,




"Be shrew the witch with

venomous white she stays,



as tediously as hell, but flies the

grasps of love..."



"ln Dublin's fair city, where girls

are so pretty,



l first set my eyes

on Miss Molly Malone.



And she'll wheel a wheel barrow,

through streets broad and narrow,



crying cockles and mussels alive

alive oh.



Alive alive oh, alive, alive oh,

crying cockles and mussels...



ls all right, Mama, l don't think

he's sick.



Alive alive oh, alive alive oh...






well, what do you know, if it ain't

my beauty.



Hey, what are you doing up this

time of night?



Oh, l just made up my mind to wait

up for you.



l guess l ain't used to the hours




No, leave it, is nice.



Go on. Francie, coffee.



ls it something to eat, Papa?



And what else would be coming from a

grand banquet?



l got some fresh rolls,



a whole half a broiled

lobster from the shores of Maryland,



fried oysters, caviar from far off

sunny Russia,



and cheese from the mountain

passages of la belle France.



What do you know about the mountain

passages of France?



ls it better coming from there,




Oh, is supposed to be mighty good.



but coming home like this,

l know thas good.



Well, les eat it. No reason we

shouldn't have a party of our own.



l'm hungry.



ls that all you got to say to your




Hello, Pop.



His stomach's like the lrish Sea. No

bottom to it.



Mama, your wedding comb.



Well, ain't this a kind of wedding




You bet it is. l wish l coulda

swiped some champagne.



Oh, no l don't. Coffee's better.



But, look who's telling me l don't

know about those mountain



passages of France.



Oh, that.



Yeah, that. lmagine you forgetting.



Well, l didn't forget, not exactly.

Only it was a long time ago.



What do you think of a Mama that




where she went on her honeymoon?



Did you really go there, Mama?



of course not, your Papa's joking.



Sure we did. Or just the same as. We

spent our honeymoon in a school.



lt was as big as a palace.



We just worked there nights, the two

of us, cleaning.



lt was right here in Brooklyn before

you was born.



That ain't what you told you then.



You mean to say that when we was

having our supper there alone,



and l used to pull down them maps

and take the teacher's pointer



and pick out the places we'd pretend

we was that night.



You mean to say we really wasn't




You mean you forgot that sunny

France was where we liked the best?



And all the laughing we used to do




You're going to sit right down and

tell me we really wasn't there?



Well, l guess we was kind of at that.



And you're going to tell me l don't

know about them



mountain passages of France.



Katie Nolan, l'm ashamed of you.



Wasn't there nobody in the school

but you, Papa?



No, sir, we had the whole place to




or he'll have you believing

you was in France, too.



No, Papa, talk some more.



Whas this here stuff?



Caviar. That comes all the way from

Russia. Them's fish eggs.



Fish eggs!






l never could get it why they like

it myself,



except that is hard to get

and costs a lot.



And that makes it good, Papa?



What about the Russians? lt ain't

hard for them to get.



Do they like it?



Well, can you tie that? Now, ain't

we got the smartest kids?



Papa, talk some more.



Tell us all about the party, and

don't leave out anything.



Oh, that can wait. Here... how's




Three dollars. Thera's good wages.



And good tips, too.



Papa, start. Was there music, and

did they dance?



Aw, your mother's got no time for

all that.



You could tell me. You used to.



Well, it was kind of nice. Klompers,

their best room.



And all fixed up with white flowers.



There was flowers on the table,

flowers on the chandelier,



and even on the floor.



And here was a great big horseshoe




with lots of people all around.



And right in front, a great big

wedding cake,



it must have been three feet tall.



Why didn't you bring home some of




Was the bride pretty?



Well, she was maybe not so young,

but the...



Oh, sure, she was beautiful, in a

blue dress and all and she had



diamonds on her fingers and in her

ears, and she glittered sort of.



And when she walked, her dress

swished, kind of.



And the champagne just flowed like




The smell of it got all mixed up

with the flowers.



And the powder the ladies wore.



And it made a wonderful new perfume

that oh,



made you feel good just

to smell it.



Did you sing for 'em Papa?



Oh, l was coming to that.



l got three encores for my "Wild

lrish Rose" and everybody clapped



And then l sang "lrish Eyes are

Smiling" four times.



Oh, it musve been awful nice.



lt was all right, and when it come

time for them to cut the cake, the



band played "Kiss me Again", she put

her arms around him and boy



did he look scared.



What was he scared of, Papa?






You kids ask too many questions.



You heard the story, now go on and

go to bed.



lt must be three o'clock.



l got a belly ache.



Well, lay on your right side.



Good night, Mom.



Good night, Neeley.

Good night, Francie.



Francie's kind of mad at me,

because, well,



Sissy made a scene

on the street today,



and l asked her to stay a...




Papa, wasthere an impresario there?



No, not tonight, Prima Donna. But you

got no call to be mad at your mama.



She's always got a good reason for

what she does.



Good night, Mama.



Oh, good night, Francie.



Johnny, tell me what else happened

at the party?



Well, it was nice, just like l told

you. Awful nice.



Johnny, do you think, l mean,

have l changed a lot?



Changed? Why she couldn't hold a

candle to you. She ain't so hot.



l just said that for the kids. No




No, thas not what r mean. What l

mean is, am l getting hard, you know.



Oh, now where did you grab onto an

idea like that? Hard?



l don't know!



l don't want to be, but well,

there's the kids and all,



and l want to do whas right for

them and may be some times l am



Now, will you stop talking like that.



Now, you're prettier than you ever




l almost told that to the whole

bunch down at the party tonight.



l almost said, you ought to see my




thas waiting home

for me at tonight.



And you was waiting, Katie.

That was nice, awful nice.



lt was just like it used to be.



You told about the party awful nice

tonight, Johnny.



l should have. Waited up more

often, l guess.



Aw, it ain't your fault, working

hard like you do.



You know something?



l wish l coulve got you the rest

of that set when when we was married.



The guy said it came all the way

from Spain.



What else was in that set, Johnny?



You ain't told me in an awful long




Two little side combs and a locket

on a chain.



And a bracelet you said?



Oh, there's no use talking.



Some day l'm going to look that guy

up and get you the rest of that set.



Oh, thas nice Johnny, but l don't




No, there's no buts about it,

l mean it.



Things are gonna be different around




You ain't gonna be working hard like

you -like you are now.



l don't mind the work, Johnny.



No, air. l ain't gonna stand for it.

Look at then pretty hands.



They ain't got no business being in

the water all the time.



l'm gonna change a lot of things

around here.



l'm gonna cut out the drinking too.



And just to prove it to you,

here's my tip money.



No, keep your tips, Johnny. Take all

a man's money, it ain't right.



And l'm gonna keep on 'em down at

the union headquarters



and make 'em get me some jobs.



Yes, six, tonighs the beginning of

something new.



Oh, you believe me, don't you,




Yeah, Johnny, yeah, sure l do.



And l'll be singing all over

Brooklyn, and maybe Manhattan too.



Have you heard Johnny Nolan sing,

they'll say.



And then maybe some day, maybe...



Oh, Johnny, stop it! Stop it! Stop




You ain't got a chance.

Who are we trying to kid.



Yeah, sure, you're right.

Who am l trying to kid.



l didn't want to hurt you, Johnny.



But, is the truth and l can't

change it.



Yeah. And l could tell you something




All that baloney about them encores




ls just because they was a little

drunk and feeling good.



l wasn't so much.



Thas right, l'll never be able to

change it.



Sure you're right,

who am l trying to kid?



Neeley Nolan, you stop that!



Oh, l don't want to wear no old tie!



Mama said.



All right, now, break it up! Break

it up! Run along!



Papa! Les hurry, Papa.



All right now, lad, where do you




l'll take him home, he's my father.



Hey, wait, wait a minute, honey.



l expect you'd better be running

along to school, hadn't you?



l'll look after him for you.



Now, don't you worry. He ain't in

any trouble.



l'll take good care of him. Here, is

this the house?



No, next one. Second floor back.



And if you talk to him, he's always

all right.



Sure, sure, l know, now don't you

fret. You just run along. Huh?



All right, lad, come on.

We'll make it.



Alive alive oh, alive alive oh...



Oh, l didn't expect to find you here,

ma'am. ls there anything l can do?



He's my husband,

l can take care of him.



ls all right, Johnny, l'll get you

a nice cup of coffee.



A nice cup of coffee... a nice cup of




Oh, l just wanted to say,



ma'am that the gentleman

wasn't making no trouble.



He just needed a little help.



Here, drink it Johnny.



lsn't there anything that l can do?



lf you wasn't you on the beat,

Mr. McShane,



you'd know that Johnny

never makes any trouble.



And you'd know that the whole Nolan

family doesn't need anybody's help.



l'd thank you, Mr. McShane,

if you'd mind your own business.



Oh, sure, Mrs. Nolan.



Beauty is truth through beauty that

is all ye know on earth and all



ye need to know.



Now, class,



Beauty is truth through beauty that

is all



ye know on Earth and all

ye need to know.



Now who knows the name of the meter?

...Frances Nolan?



Yes, but...



You can't know but...



l only meant to say, l was thinking

about the words, what they mean,



and l wondered...



You don't have to know the words,

Frances, just the meter.



But if beauty is truth and thas

all ye need, l mean, all you need to



know, then that means that is the

most important thing.



And if a man, i mean if somebody,

spent all his time trying to be that.



well is hard to put...

but no matter what else he did, then.



Then what, Frances?



Then it would be all right.

Wouldn't it?



l'm afraid l don't understand, a

thing you're saying, Frances.



And we're late now with our




Class will get their arithmetic...



Pop, why don't the Katz and Jamma

kids talk plain English?



ls supposed to make it funny.

l guess.



Francie, you've been staring out

that window over half an hour,



can't you make up your mind

to do something?



What shall l do?



Well, you used to like to do your

homework Sundays.



Oh, l don't know. l don't like

school as much as l used to.



Now you're getting some sense.



School is the same this year as it

was last.



Mama, you know that big market on

Clancy Street, down the hill?



You can't play there, if thas what

you mean,



that neighborhoos expensive.



Well, l meant, l mean, well the

other day l passed that



way on my way home.



And well, Mom, you know whas just

a couple blocks



away from that market?



Another market, l guess,



and am l supposed to guess whas

two blocks away from there?



Francie why don't you say what you




l didn't mean anything l guess.



Neeley, sometimes l think you make

these holes on purpose.






Yes, baby?



You know what l read in a magazine




What was it, Francie.



Well, it said that walking was a

good thing.



lt said people would look and feel a

lot better if they did more of it.



Walking put rose petals in your

cheeks, it said.



Then l ought to be a raving beauty

with all them stairs.



That isn't what it meant. lt meant,

well, like on a Sunday.



People would feel a lot better if

they got out and took a walk or



something, instead of just sitting




Francie, l want you to stop talking

around about things like that.



lf you got something to say, just

say it right out. Plain.



l wasn't going to say anything.

l was just talking about walking.



Well, there's been so much talking

about walking, l think l'll take one.



You want to go along, Prima Donna?



Oh, yes, Papa. Sure, Papa.



Must be pretty special this place

you walk to thas two blocks away



from the market.



This way, Papa.



ls this it?



Yes, Papa.



The school? l don't understand.



lt must be just as nice inside,

don't you think?



The teachers and all and...



Well, what are you driving at, baby?



Bend down, Papa. l wish l could go

tot that school, Papa.



Oh, well, l don't know, baby. ld

be awful nice, but they got rules.



You gotta go to the school where you




Oh, l know, l didn't really.



Oh, now, wait a minute. Maybe

there's a way.



ls a free country, ain't it?



School days, school days Hey, maybe

we could move near here.



Well, now, whoa now, whoa.



Sometime soon, as soon as our ship

comes in, Prima Donna, you'll see.



Oh, only by that time l'll



Oh, you want to go there awful bad

don't you baby?



Then we're going to find a way!






Well, now, l gotta turn this over a




Les do some more walking, maybe

is good for thinking too.



school days, school days... Hey,

that ain't a bad little house.



How'd you like to live there?

ls got a nice little porch.



l don't like yellow houses.



Well, with another coat of paint.



 h, Papa. Thas it.



Yes, sir. Thas it.



lf we only could.



Well, why can't we?



Our luck's bound to change, and the

first thing we'll do is buy this



little house when...



Some day.



Look, as long as we're gonna buy

that house some day, ah,



why don't we maybe borrow it for now,

like ah...



We'll make out is ours, then your

address would be...



   Hibbert Avenue. Starting right




Then you see? They gotta transfer

you from your old school.



How do you mean, Papa?



Yes, sir, thas it.



We can say you came here to live

with your aunt, your rich old aunt.



She's lonesome and she's gonna leave

you all her money.



Oh, Papa, could we really?



Sure we could. ls nobody's




Mmm... Sometimes l forget to water

the geraniums, and, ahhhh...



you ought to hear Auntie scold me.



Ah, but you gotta put up with all

her crochets,



after all, you're her heir.



That little room up there, that

could be mine, couldn't it?



Or, ah, look Prima Donna, after all,

you know,



this ain't exactly according

to the rules.



You mean, is wrong?



No, sir, not by a jug full it ain't




Look, the house is here, we're here

and the school's here.



Now, we wasn't all thrown together

for no reason but,



we gotta keep it kind of a secret.



You know, you can't tell nobody, and

you gotta be extra good to make up



for it.



Oh, l will. Look, there goes Auntie

now, l think.



Looks like you got an uncle too.



Now, l'm gonna show you a way to

your new school through a beautiful



little park, and l know right where

it is.



And you can see the seasons change

when you go.



Bend down, Papa. My cup runneth over.



ls dishonest, thas what it is.



You're setting the child an awful

bad example.



Papa said if it doesn't hurt anybody,



and if is not dishonest

in your heart...



You two and your fancy words.



How do you spell transfer, Francie?






l'd rather be shot than do this




lll come to you, Sonny.



And another thing, we kept Francie

out of here so she and Neeley could



be in the same class and you could

look after him.



And here, just the year when they're

getting ready to graduate,



you go and...



l tell you, is against the law and

you're making her live a lie and



l won't have you doing it.



l'm going to do this for her, Katie.



Maybe is my fault, or not, but

there ain't much l can give her.



Well, ill make an awful long walk

for your mornings.



l don't mind getting up early.



And ill be much harder on your

shoes and you won't have dresses '



like the other children.



l promise to wash down my dress

every single night.



How do you spell "appreciate".







Wait a minute.






Well, if the principal swallows that

story, and l don't think he will,



l'll see what l can do about making

over that checked dress



of mine for you.



Why not, my school's over-crowded as

it is.



This is Frances Nolan, class.



l'm sure you'll all make her

welcome to our school.



Now, that will be your desk, Frances.



Run along, Sonny. l ain't gonna

spill a penny.



Well, l guess we got everything.



Neeley, our new fire escape leads

clear up onto the roof.



Whoever lives on the top floor has

got dibs on the roof.



ain't doing so well, eh, Mrs. Nolan?



Just moving near the sun. As soon as

we heard Mrs. Waters was vacating,



we made up our minds.



l've been waiting to see you, Mrs.




There's something l've got to ask

you, a favor l...



l'd better show you.



Hey, look at this thing.



Oh boy, we're sure to get out with a

lot less running up and down that.



We won't let anybody but us up there.



ls in here. The late Mr. Waters

gave it to me as a wedding present.



lt won't go down the stairs, and

they want fifteen dollars to move it,



lowering it out the window.



Do you mind my leaving it, Mrs.




lt don't take up much room and some

day when l get the fifteen dollars,



l'll send back for it.



Why, sure l don't mind, Mrs. Waters.



Can you play it?



No. Neither one of us could.



lf it ain't too much trouble, you

could dust it off once in a while,



and keep the kitchen door open a

little so it won't get cold or damp.



l sure will.

- Thank you.



And l hope it won't be long before

you can send back for it.



Have you got the curtains?



Yes, they're coming.



ls it a... ls that a...



Yeah, we kept a baby in it about   

years ago.



Well, l was just wondering, if, if,

if you don't need it, id make a



nice handy little wash basket and

l'd be happy to give you a quarter



for it.



Why sure. My Edgar's kids is even

too old.



Excuse me for asking, Mrs. Nolan,



but it won't really make a

handy wash basket.



Please don't say nothing, l ain't

told nobody yet.



lt ain't always easy when you're

poor. But ill be a blessing to you.



Yeah, sure. Sure it will.



But there must be.



l tell you there ain't.



Good bye, Mrs. Nolan. Good bye.



Good bye, and thank you very much.



Don't forget, we're supposed to give

him a beer, or the price of one.



Well, l'm done.



l can't thank you enough, Charlie.



Always glad to do my customers a

favor, of course.



Well, we are real grateful.



lt ain't exactly as if l was in the

regular moving business.



We'll be taking ice from you, same

as usual, once a week.



Well, good bye.



Good bye, Charlie. And thanks.



He worked awful hard, Mama.



We moved up to this flat 'to save




and we're not gonna start by

throwing dimes away.



No sir, there ain't a bathtub

anywhere. l looked all over.



There's the tub, young man.



Every Wednesday and Saturday, same

as always.



ls Mr. Barker.



Well, seems like the Nolans have...

have come up in the world.



Yes, we're so very, very fond of the




"ln Dublin's fair city, where girls

are so pretty,



Run and catch him before he goes to

the old place.



Mr. Nolan happened to be working

when we found we could make the move.



Yeah. Smaller than your old flat,

ain't it?



l'm sorry l can't ask you to sit,

Mr. Barker,



l ain't even got the coffee

on yet.



But l got my insurance money handy.



Suppose you're too busy to listen to

a bit of news, about your sister.



She, ah, she's gonna have a baby.



Please tell my sister she shouldn't

make herself such a stranger here.



l shall be very happy to render your

message. Your receipts, Mrs. Nolan.



Be sure to, now, Mr. Barker.



Good day to you, Mr. Nolan. Well,

l'm not one to spoil a family party.



l'll be on my way.



Surprise, Papa. Welcome to your new




Yeah, it is kind of a surprise, all




Did you move up here because it was

cheaper, or because l



We have to save where we can,

somebody's got to.



l don't mind the extra stairs.



We can still see the tree.



Pop, top floor tenant, the roof is




And l ain't gonna let anybody up

there except Kenny Gaddis, because,



Hey, does Pop know?



Flossie Gaddis died last night.



Oh, the poor baby.



lt was nice that her Mama got her

all those pretty dresses.



Only now the poor thing will have to

lie in Potter's Field.



But, she did have the dresses.



You better show your Papa the piano.



Yeah, you better show me the piano,

Prima Donna.



The lady that was here left it.



ls got a nice tone.

ls all right.



Hey, now that we got it, maybe you

can take some lessons. Naa...



Maxwelton Braes are bonny

where early forms the dew.



And was there that Annie Lorrie gave

me a promise true.



Gave me a promise true, which ne'er

forget will be,



and for Bonny Annie Lorrie,

l would lay me down and dee.



l ain't never heard you sing that

before. ls pretty.



Maxwelton Braes are bonny, where

early forms the dew.



And was there that Annie Lorrie gave

me a promise true.



Gave me a promise true,

which ne'er forget will be,



and for Bonny Annie Lorrie,

l would lay me down and dee.



Well, this is the beginning of a

vacation we've all looked forward to.



And l'm sure we'll enjoy our

holidays more, knowing we've helped



some unfortunate family who would

have had no Christmas dinner without



this basket.

And so a Merry...



Oh, one last thing, this extra pie,

Miss Schilling brought in.



ls little, and a bit crushed, but,

anybody want it?



My, what well fed boys and girls.

All right, class.



Miss McDonald?



Yes, Frances?



l just remembered. l know a very

unfortunate family.



They live in a, in a hovel. They

have two children.



Little golden-haired twins. And

they're all starving.



The pie will probably save their




Well, then you should take the pie

by all means.



You can come and get it when class

is dismissed.



Which is right now.

And Merry Christmas to you all.



That was a very fine Christmas

spirit, Frances.



But it seems like such a tiny pie to

save so many lives.



Oh, it won't seem small to them,

Miss McDonald.



Even a little pie can look awful big

if you haven't had much to eat



for days and days.



l'll have to tell them to eat slowly,

because they eat very fast on an



empty stomach they'll, they'll...



lt isn't true, is all a lie.

l wanted it for myself.



l'll stay after school, l'll do

anything, but don't send a note home.



l'm not going to punish you child,

for being hungry



or having an imagination.



You know, thas something very few

people have.



ls very precious.



But it can also be dangerous unless

we learn how to use it.



Our everyday lives are real and true,

but all the stories in the world,



all the music, came out of

someone's imagination.



So, if we tell the truth, and write

the lies,



then they aren't lies

anymore, they become stories.



Like some of the very nice

compositions you've written, Frances.



Like the one about

my father taking me



to see the cotton fields

down south?



We didn't really go.



l rather imagined you didn't.



But don't you think it would be

still better



if you would write about the things

you really know about



and then add to them with

your imagination.



Even stories shouldn't be

just, well, pipe dreams.



Pipe dreamers can be very lovable

people but they don't help anybody.



But they don't help anybody. Now,

think about it a little.



And have a Merry Christmas.

And enjoy your pie.



Yes, Miss McDonald.

Thank you, Miss McDonald.



For Gos sakes. Where've you been?

You were supposed to meet me...



Neeley, l'm going to be a writer.



All right, but les eat the pie.



Come on, we gotta see about our

Christmas tree.



Oh, golly, lis still there,

isn't it?



Yeah, is still here.



He ain't got much time

left to sell it.



Go on, beat it. You know l ain't

gonna throw 'em til midnight.



What do you want to do, block the




Keep customers out?



Ah, you don't own the sidewalk!



How about this one, madam?



No, that one's too big.

l want a small one.



l got just what you want,

come over here, lady.



Well, now, thas more like it.

Thas the size.



ls awful big to get thrown at you.



Why does he have to throw 'em at us,




Why can't he can't just give 'em to

us, if he can't sell 'em?



lf he just gave 'em away,

everybody'd wait.



They'd never sell any of 'em.

lt smells good.



There she goes!



Hey, l'll do it again!

l stumbled!



Go on! Beat it! Who's next?



Come on, give me a chance, l'm next.



All right. Here she goes.



Got it, didn't l?



All right, take it. Go home. Now,

who wants to try this one?



Who's man enough for this big one

right here?



l can take anything you got,

mister. Let her fly...



l'm next! Thas my tree!



Go on, you're too small! Go home!



Me and my brother, we ain't too

small together.



Spunky huh?



All right, but if one of you drop,

you're not gonna get the tree.



There she goes!



Okay, you got it coming. Go ahead.



Oh, quit worrying about 'em, Katie,

they'll be home pretty quick!



They ain't old enough to be out this




Johnny should made 'em tell what

they was up to.



No telling whas likely to happen

if Francie gets a notion in her head.



They'll be all right!



Well, l guess we'd better get on

home. We'll see them tomorrow.



No, don't go!



Hey, Pop! Hey, Mom! Hey, Mom!






Holy smoke! Will you look at what

they went and done!



They're trying to make it Christmas.

Help 'em, kid.



We got it first!



Well, sure, l was only wondering if

you couldn't use a little help, huh?



Come on, come on, come on.



Well, how would you rustle them




Look at my face!



Nobody around here ever saw a tree

like that!



Well, look at my face, if you don't

believe me.



Oh, and l see you got the law on

your side.



Merry Christmas, Mr. Nolan, and it

looks like you're going to have one.



Well, the same to you, Mr. McShane,

and thanks.



Merry Christmas, Mr. Nolan.



Merry Christmas, Miss Maggie.



lsn't this a wonderful Christmas,




Oh, it is now, Prima Donna. lmagine,

us, having a tree like that.



And the nicest kids in the world.



Merry Christmas, everybody!



Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, Neeley!...



Silent night, holy night, all is

calm, all is bright...



He ain't any older than they are.



Round yon virgin, mother and child,

Holy lnfant so tender and mild,



Sleep in Heavenly peace, Sleep in

heavenly peace.



Silent night, holy night...



Here... Put it up higher, Bill!



Steve's the name.



Thas better, Bill.



Oh, les see, you know it!



Look at all the fun you can have




Thank you, Mama.



You know you hate 'era!



They're just fine, Mama!



l got something for you too, Mama.



Johnny, it was real nice of your

friend Mr. McGarrity



to send over those candy

canes for the kids.






Here, l made these candle for today.

You got to light it now, is time.



Merry Christmas, Mama,

from me and Neeley.



Oh! Oh, is pretty. What is it?



Rose water and glycerine. You rub it

on your hands.



This is for you, Papa, from me and




My! l'll quite the thing, won't l?



l think is silly, but Francie said

Papa's always talking about



what nice hands you got.



lt cost a dime but we had a seltzer

bottle top in the junk.



Are... ah...



ls a watch fob. ls made out of

shoe laces.



l wove it on a spool with nails.



Well, if that ain't about the nicest

thing l ever did see.



Maybe is kind of silly, you not

having a watch and all...



Well, now madam, we're all out of

mushrooms under glass,



but l can tell you the time.



Thas the nicest present l ever did

get, Prima Donna.



And, ah, thank you too, son.



You're welcome. l guess the shoe

laces was mine.



lt was silly.



There ain't nothing silly on




l, ah... l got a little present here.



Like l was saying, l got...



Merry Christmas, Miss Francie.



Come on, we're in here.

ls Mr. McShane.



l hope l'm not intruding.



Merry Christmas, Mr. McShane.



Merry Christmas!



Merry Christmas. l was just ah



Hello, handsome.



Oh, Mrs. Edwards.



l was just passing and l happened to

see the light still burning.



And l was thinking l'd like

to have a hand in



decorating that fine

Christmas tree.



...l see someone's already provided.



Well, we can always use more of 'em,

Mr. McShane. Thank you kindly.



Won't you come in and have a cup of

coffee with us?



Oh, thanks, no. Ah, this evening's

for families.



And, l got to be getting home now,

so, l'll say goodbye and...



and Merry Christmas to everybody.



Thank you, Mr. McShane, good night.



That was mighty nice of him.



Mr. McShane's a fine man.



He's l think sometimes a lonely man.



Well, like l was saying, l... l got

something here.



l mean, l got a present for somebody

that ain't exactly here.



Grandma helped me pick it out. ls

for... you know who.



Oh, Bill, is beautiful.

Look everybody.



Oh, Bill, darling, l've never been

so happy.



l'm going to get some coffee.









l'm glad for you.



l don't know. l'm scared, l guess.



You got no call to be. Look how

swell them two are.



Told Johnny yet? Well, maybe

you oughta, it might help him.



Yeah. You better take the coffee in.



You're a fine girl, Katie. l never

said any different.



Thas for nothing, Johnny. Except

for being a nice guy.



Coffee everybody!



Well, l guess thas about all.



Johnny, l gotta tell you something.



Maybe it ain't the right time, and

maybe it is.



The reason l moved us up here, we're

gonna have a baby, Johnny,



thas why l've been scrimping

so much and trying so hard to say.



well, thas...! . Well, l'm awful

glad, Katie, if you are.



There's a lot we've got to think

about, Johnny.



Oh, l know, but we'll make out.

Maybe things will be different.



And we'll have one to grow up with

all over again.



l got things all figured out.



l ought to be able to work until,

well anyway, April.



And then Francie'll have to leave




and take out her working papers.



She's young, but with what she can

make, we ought to be able to make out



Oh, but we can't do that, Katie



l don't like it any better than you

do, Johnny, but l thought



and l thought, and there

ain't no other way.



And Johnny, you got to help with

something. She listens to you.



You gotta quit getting her so all

excited about her school.



Why can't it be Neeley? He's the boy,

and he don't care like she does.



Well, maybe thas why.



Maybe ill do her good to get out

in the world and learn something,



learn how to take care of herself,



learn something practical

while she's young.



She's gotta learn some day.



Well, well, there must be another

way. Oh, l don't know.



l'll try and swing anything. l'll do




We can't count on that, Johnny...



Don't look at me like that, Johnny,

it ain't my fault!



Oh, it ain't your fault either,

l guess. l don't know.



Anyway, one member of the Nolan

family will get to graduate,



and she come close.

Thas something.



You'd better put out the light and

les get some rest.



Oh, l thought you'd be asleep, Prima




Ah-ah. l've been thinking. l might

be going to be a writer.



l've just about decided.



l knew you when you was going to be

a lady fireman.



Don't joke, Papa. l'm serious.



All right, l baby.



All l meant was, maybe is better

not to get your heart set...



on just one thing, in case

something happens.



She said, Miss McDonald, l mean, she

said maybe l could be.



She said l have imagination.



Do you think l have, Papa?



Oh, sure you have, baby.



Those compositions of yours are sure

fine, but...



She said l'd have to work hard.



She said imagination

wasn't any good if



you were just a pipe

dreamer about it.



You didn't help anybody that way.

Not even yourself, she said.



Yeah, l see. A pipe dreamer.



l'm not putting it good like she did.

l wish you could have heard her.



She was wonderful.



For ever and ever l'll be glad you

helped me go to that school, Papa.



You kind of like that school, don't

you, baby?



Yes, oh yes. And she said lots more.

l've been trying to remember.



She said, even if you have




is better to write about

the things you know about



so they'll be true, and...

and the way things are only.



Only what, baby?



Papa, the people in the hall when we

brought up the tree,



the look on their faces

all friendly and nice.



Why can't people be like that all

the time? Not just on Christmas?



Well, l guess is because...

Well, l don't know.



Maybe is because Christmas is like

people really



are and the other part ain't true.



And with that imagination of yours,

if you think about it hard enough,



you know, like it ought to be.



But when you get to thinking.



Papa, the people in stories, they

don't just live happily ever after,



do they?



No, baby, but...



But the trouble is...



it doesn't feel good when

you think about things like that.



l mean, like they really are.



You better stick out your tongue,

Prima Donna.



Oh, is just like l thought. You've

got a bad case.



A very bad case.



Case of what, Papa?



A very bad case of growing up.

Thas all it is.



Oh it ain't fun some times, but,

don't you be afraid.



l don't want you should ever be




You're so nice, Papa.



l guess is better if you don't

just stay young all your life.



lll be much nicer growing up.



Yeah. And you get to see things

like they really are.



Good night, baby.



Good night, Papa. l'm sleepy now.



Thas fine, baby. Just fine.



Ain't you coming to bed, Johnny?



No, l'm going to take a little walk.



Don't start drinking,

not tonight, Johnny.



l won't, Katie, l won't.



Well, did he go out on a job,

do you know?



lf he did, he didn't get it through




Thank you.



Oh, how are you, Mrs. Nolan,

and a Happy New Year to you.



Same to you, Mr. McGarrity.

l just came to.



well, l happened to be passing by

and l thought l'd run in and thank



you for the candy canes you sent us.

lt was nice of you.



Oh, thas all right. lt wasn't much.



Well, it was nice of you. Good night,

Mr. McGarrity.



Good night, Mrs. Nolan. Mrs. Nolan,

Johnny ain't here.



He ain't been here since before




Oh, l'm afraid is bad news l'm

bringing you, Mrs. Nolan.



Our station just got a report that

Mr. Nolan was found



over in Manhattan, very sick.

He's been taken to a hospital.



See that Neeley gets to school on

time in the morning.



There's an apple for your lunches.



The report says that he just




right in the doorway of

an employment agency.



And he'd just been going out on a

job, as sand hog in a tunnel, they said.



And he hadn't been drinking, ma'am.



He'd been waiting there a long time

for the job.



He was just sick.



We did everything we could.



Yeah, sure, l know.



What are you writing down that he

died from, Doctor?



Acute alcoholism and pneumonia.

One led to the other.



l don't want you to write down that

he died like that.



Put just the pneumonia.



l can't do that.



Pneumonia was the direct cause of

death, but the alcoholism was...



Look, he's dead.



l've got two nice kids that are going

to grow up to amount to something.



Why do you have to make it hard by

saying that their father



died from the drink when thas

only a little piece of the truth?



He wasn't drinking, they said so.

He was out looking for work.



Why can't you put that down?



Cause of death: pneumonia.



Everlasting rest and happiness,



through the infinite merits

of Jesus Christ.



Oh, God,



great and omnipotent judge of the

living and the dead,



if all whom we are to appear

after this short life,



to render an account of our worth,



let our hearts we pray to be deeply

wounded at the sight of this death,



and while we consign the body of the

deceased to the earth,



let us be mindful of our own frailties

and mortality,



that walking always in thy fear and

in the ways of thy commandments,



we may after our departure from this world,




a merciful judgement and rejoice

in everlasting happiness.



Through Christ our lord.



All them people, and the flowers.



Some of them from people l never

heard of even.



Who'd have thought, that many folks.



l mean they was carrying on like

they was his family, or...



or... l don't know.



Yeah, he took the time to make a lot

of people love him all right.



ls hard to figure out so many of

them showing up.



And they was feeling something.



l mean, there was no reason for them

to put on.



He was nobody big, he was just a...



Katie, don't talk about it no more,







Les leave her be, Katie. She

maybe wants to be by herself.



She's taking on kind of funny, she

ain't even cried.



l'd like my father's shaving cup.

That one, "Nolan".



Oh, you're the little girl. Yes,

l'll clean it up for you.



He was a fine man.



Tell your Mama that l,

his barber, said this.









Francis, do you know where you're




No place.






Yes, Mama?



lt was nice of the neighbors to send

over all that food,



don't you want something?



No, Mama.



l wanted to talk to you, Francie.



l want things to go on,

reading and all. l want to do...



Well, l gotta be Mama and Papa both

to you now, Francie.



Yes, Mama. ls that all, Mama?



Well, you gotta go right now,




l'll be back. Honest l will.



Mom, l guess l'm a little hungry.



Look, he can't be dead. He can't.

They don't understand.



Maybe you could let me have a baby

some day, and it could be a boy,



so it could be just like him.



ld have to be me.

Nobody else loved him like l do.



Maybe you could do that for me. And

if you could, he wouldn't even die.



l hope you don't think l'm forward

coming in like this, Mrs. Nolan.



How are you, Francie?



l'm well, thank you.



Have a chair. Francie, see if Mr.

McGarrity won't have some coffee.



Not for me, thank you.

l figured l'd ought to come.



l suppose you know how Johnny

and l done business.



He used to give me money to keep

and then draw against it.



l got to looking around.



And... what do you think?



l had pretty near   bucks

in his box.



Ando so l figured

it belongs to you.



ld more likely be

that he owed you.



But thank you very much.



l just thought...

- We'll make out.



There's something else, then.



Maybe you wouldn't mind if...



if Francie and Neeley

come down and work for me,



afternoons like. l mean,

after school and Saturdays.



Maybe it isn't just the place

you'd favour them working,



but l'd keep an eye on them.



And l could pay them

  dollars a week a piece.



l'd take it

as a real favour, Madame.



You're an awful bad liar.



But you're a very good man.

l'm ashamed l didn't know before.



No, it isn't that, Madame.

Johnny was...



Well, l don't know. Johnny...



Johnny always talked

about his family like...



like folks ought to,

only they don't.



And whenever he talked about it



he always made you



feel better,

or you wanted to laugh.



laugh. Like that sea shell l had




He was always... he was always

listening to it and...



and telling you what it was saying.



He was always giving things like

that to people.



He was a fine man, Mrs. Nolan.



l'd a glad to let the children work

for you, Mr. McCarrity.



And the four dollars a week will

keep us until the baby comes.



And Francie won't have to quit

school, she can keep on,



and they can both...



Well, is a deal, then.



And you tell them to come through

the family entrance tomorrow after



school and ah...

ls that all right with you, Francie?






Well, ah, well is settled then,

and good day to you, Mrs. Nolan.



And thank you again, Mr. McGarrity.




Yes, Mama?



l'm glad you can keep on with your




l was hoping something like this

would happen but l didn't want to



say anything until the time come.



But your Papa and l talked it all

over and there were reasons



and there just wasn't any other way.



lt doesn't matter. Papa saved one

from it.



Hi-ya, kid.



Well, they're sure taking chances l

wouldn't, leaving you handling meat.



Where's France.



Hello, kid. How are you lamb? Look,

you gotta do something for me.



This was in the paper and l cut it




You got to read it to me.

Whas the matter, hon?



Nothing, l'm all right, Aunt Sissy.



No, you ain't. You ain't been since...



Look, don't you think you better

spill it to your Aunt Sissy?



What is it you want me to read to

you, Aunt Sissy?



Well, we'll get that out of the way

first. Look, here it is.



Likely you don't remember him, but

is my last husband, Bill.



The one l thought was dead,

but he ain't.



He's got his picture in there and l

want to know what it says.



Maybe it says where he lives so's l

can write to him about getting a



divorce or something.



l got the best husband in all the

world now,



and l don't want this here one

bobbing up and making no trouble.



He's a fireman someplace. l can tell

that from his clothes.



He was just starting out in the

fireman business...



lt says he's a hero. He saved some

people in a fire.



Does it say where?



The ninth precinct. Manhattan.



Manhattan, huh? Couldn't make the

grade in Brooklyn, l guess.



l want you to write to him, Francie.

Write this: "Dear Bill...



This says his name is Roland Polasky.



Thas right. l remember. Make it

"Dear Mr. Polasky.



Being's as now l'm married to

somebody else, l want you to see



about getting a real legal divorce.



Because l thought you was dead but

you ain't.



And because you got the money now on

account of the reward.



Yours very truly, Sissy." Something

like that.



But Aunt Sissy, he must have already

done that.



Because it says here he's married




lt does?



"On the human interest side of the




Mrs. Polasky had returned home only

the day before from the hospital,



after presenting Mr. Polasky with

a brand new son,



the fourth child of the marriage.



So, if he got a divorce that long

ago, you don't have to.



Then my being married to Bill, this

one l mean, is all legal?



Well, now, if that ain't a load off

my chest.



You know something, l think l'll

give Bill Polasky a wedding present.



But Aunt Sissy, you can't. He's been

married for years.



Four kids, huh? Must be a sickly

woman, this Mrs. Polasky,



going to the hospital just

to have a baby.



Oh, no, lots of people go there now

to have babies. ls better.



Sure enough? You know something?



l'm gonna cash in my funeral policy

and have my baby at a hospital.



And when my baby is born, and lives,



l want you to write that R. Polasky

and announce it.



Boy do l feel better.



And now, chickapea, we'll talk about




Can't your Aunt Sissy help you any?



l'm all right.



No, you aren't honey.



Not all shut up like that, l know

how you feel,



but you can't keep hanging on to it.



l'm ail right. l don't want to talk

about it.



All right, baby. All right. But l'll

tell you what.



You can do something for me.



Look, your Mama feels awful bad too.

She needs you.



Why don't you talk to her about it.



She doesn't need me.

No she doesn't.



She's got Neeley!



Why wasn't it Neeley she was going

to make quit school.



He never cared about it.



She doesn't love me like Papa did.



And she didn't love him, either. Not




She hurt him, l saw her. And he

never hurt anybody.



l'm gonna finish this grade because

he gave it to me



and then l'll work for her.



But she can't be Papa to me, she

can't ever!



Don't feel like that, baby, don't.



Leave me alone. l'm all right.

Please go away and leave me alone.



All right, chickapea, all right.



Ah, Mr. Sterns...

Yes, sir.






Yes, Mama?



l want to talk to you, Francie.



Yes, Mama?



lt isn't going to be long now, for

me, l mean, for my baby.



We can't come to a hospital.



There isn't even going to be enough

money for a woman to come and help.



l'm going to need you, Francie.

Don't ever be far away.



Neeley's, well, a boy ain't much

good at a time like this.



l'm counting on you, Francie.

You won't forget that, will you?



All right, Mama. l'll remember.



Which one of you is Mr. Steven




Thas me.



Well, there are three in your family




You are the father of a pretty fine




ls he alive?

- Very much so.



He was a little reluctant about it

at first, l had to rouse him with a



little oxygen, now he's mad at me,

you ought to hear him.



l've got to see him.



Well, neither one of them are quite

up to a visit just now,



in a little while.



The learning. The learning that

saved that baby.



Thas fine, Bill.



Where are you going, Uncle Bill?



l'm going out and get some

strawberry ice cream



and a rattle for my son.

And whas more, my name ain't Bill.



ls Steve, do you hear that? l'm a

Papa and my name's Steve.



And is Uncle Steve, too. Steve,




So, we have a man in the family.



Quick as we see she's all right,



you go on up to McGarrity's and

see if you can do my work, too.



l'm going to finish the scrubbing

for her.



She oughtn't do any more.



She wasn't feeling good this morning.







ln here, Frances.



You all right, Mama?



Give Neeley a nickel to go after

Grandma and Sissy.



He can walk home after.



Get me a nightgown in that bottom




Hurry, don't stand there staring.



ls she going to die?



Of course not, is the baby. You

heard what Mama said, and hurry.



And don't forget stopping at

McGarrity's on the way back.



We can't lose the work. She only

wants me now. Mama!



What is it?

Oh, l'll be there in a minute.



You're taking real good care of me,




Am l, Mama?



Umm. Tastes good.



Can l get you a glass of water,




When l want something,

l'll ask for it.



Yes, Mama.



Don't just stand there and throw

questions at me, l'm too tired.



You'd better have some coffee too.



Mama, even if Neeley is a boy,

wouldn't you rather have him here?



He's always such a comfort to you.



No, is you thas a comfort now.

What time is it?



l don't know, Mama.



Get the clock.



one minute to Mama.



Are you sure it isn't slow?



No, Mama.



Maybe is fast, then.



l'll look at the jeweler's clock out

the parlor window.



That candle's pretty, like Christmas.

That was the night l told him.



ls nice having a visit from my




l didn't want for you to have to

grow up so soon.



l didn't want for you to have to

quit school.



l tried to tell him that.



He didn't mind about the baby, but

he never forgived me



for wanting you to quit school.



l told him and he just went out. You

never forgived me, either.



Please don't, Mama.



He would have bought you dolls

instead of milk.



l don't know, maybe you would have

been happier. l don't know.



l never woulve thought of giving

you that school, like he did.



And all them fine compositions of

yours. l never read one of 'em.



l shoulda had time. Johnny did.

But l couldn't do no different.



l don't know how l could do any




What time is it?



One minute after four, Mama.



Rinse a cloth out in cold water,

wipe my face.



Don't let her die, please!



Mama, what if the baby comes before

Grandma and Aunt Sissy get here?



You can see l couldn't do no

different, can't you?



Neeley, he don't like school.



lf he'd quit, he'd never go back




But you, no matter what happens,

you'd find a way to go back,



you'd fight to go back.

You can see that, can't you?



l... Yes, Mama.



Read me something, Francie.

- Yes, Mama.



Read me one of your compositions.



l ain't never read any of your




ls on my conscience.



l tore all those up.



No, you didn't. Not all of'em.



Can't l read you Shakespeare? ls

much better.



Read "Twas on a Night Like This".



l'd like to have something pretty on

my mind. Sit by the candle.



"The moon shines bright,

in such a night as this,



when the sweet wind did

gently kiss the trees..."



Say, did you ever find out who

Troylis was and Cressida?



Yes, Mama, Troylis was...



Some other day when l got time. Read

me one of your compositions now.



You won't like them, Mama.



You thought about them, and you

worked on them,



and you got good marks on them.

Get 'em, l said.



Sit here. Go on.



ls called, "The Man People Loved".

Please don't make me do this, Mama.



Read it.



"Perhaps many people might have said

of him that he was a failure.



lt is true that he had no gift for

making money,



but he had a gift for laughter,

and for making people love him.



He had the gift of making you feel

proud to walk down the street with him



He had nothing to give but himself.



But of this he gave generously, like

a king.



Like a king. Thas like it was.



Walking down the street with him,

you always felt like that.



Did you, Mama.



You were real smart to write it down

like that, Francie.



Thas like it was. Francie, l miss

him so much!



lf the baby's a boy, we'll call him

Johnny. Where's Sissy?



Neeley's been gone a long time. Wipe

my face.



No, don't let go of my hand.



lf is a girl, we'll call her Annie




Remember that tune he played? You

ought to have piano lessons.



l'll see if l can manage.



You won't forget to dust the piano,

will you Francie?



Who'll cry for me like that if l




l never did a wrong thing in my life,

but it ain't enough.



Oh! Sissy, l didn't mean to be hard,

like you said!



lf Johnny were here, he could go to

your graduation, and l'd go to



Neeley's, but l, l can't tear myself

into two pieces.



How am l going to do both? Oh!

Where are you, Francie!



l'm here, Mama!



Oh, you're such a comfort to me.

l'm so tired. Leave me sleep now.



You'd better start some water




she's going to be needing it.



We'll call you if there's anything

we need.



l thought you were never coming,




Come on, you quit worrying, now.



The baby is here and the Mama is

doing good. She's asleep.



A small baby sister it is.



Annie Lorrie. Papa would have liked




Where's Grandma?



l've got her in a front seat so she

won't miss a thing.



lsn't your classroom around here




Yes, but...



How about giving me a peek?



Wouldn't hurt me none seeing a

little more places like that.



Hey, Francie, you forgot your




They aren't mine, l'm not carrying

flowers today.



Some of the girls, their family

sends them flowers.



They're on your desk, lamb. Better

go see.



Oh well, l have to get my things,




"To Francie on graduation day, love

from Papa."



He gave me the money to buy them way

before Christmas.



To make sure he had it, he said.

Then he wrote out the card.



Come on, Kid.



Let it go, baby, there ain't a soul

around here. Let it go.



Frances Nolan.



Well, sir, l don't think Grandma

said one word the whole time.



And from the looks of her when l put

her on the street car, she'll



probably ride clear out to Coney

lsland and never know the difference.



Heaven knows what she would have

been like



if she'd got to both graduations.



Looks to me like it was a pretty

fine day. How's your soda, Francie?



Pineapple's not as good as chocolate.



Then whad you order it for?



Because l'm up to the "Ps". Next

time l'll try raspberry next.



There's something to that idea. Try

everything once.






And a dime for you, my boy. This is

a special occasion. Thank you.



He don't know how special it is.



Two diplomas in the Nolan family all

in one day.



Mama, l've got a nickel if you want

to leave it. People do.



ls going to be all right, Francie.



And you know something, these ain't

gonna be the last diplomas, either.



l don't know how we're gonna work it,



but we're gonna find

some way for you and...



Hi, Neeley, how ya doing?



Okay, l got out of jail.



Say, wasn't that you l saw working

behind that bat the other day?



Well, yeah, but...



Hey, you were pretty good.

You know what?



l can come out and give you some

pointers some time.






Sure l will. That is, if your mom

don't mind.



Naw, she don't mind. You mean it?



Sure. Well, l'll see you on the lot.



Maybe you better ask your ma, you




l don't want to do anything

she wouldn't want me to.



Naw, she won't care.



Maybe you'd better ask her yourself,

just to make sure.



l'm Neeley's aunt, this is his ma,

but thas his sister.



Whas-your name, big boy?



Hershel Knudsen.



Mr. Knudsen, l'd like for you to

meet my niece, Miss Francie Nolan.



Pleased to meet you.






Nice night if it don't rain. Sit

down, Hershel.



Ah, doing anything tomorrow

afternoon, Miss Nolan?



ls Saturday.



l don't know. Why?



Well, there's a swell picture. "Pill

Hard". Maybe you'd like to go.



Who with?






Oh. Well, l might be busy. l'll let

you know.



Well, l'll come around and see.



Hey, l thought we was going to play

ball tomorrow.



Well, we can do that anytime. Sure,

there's lots of time.



Ah, come on, Hersh.



Well, l'll be seeing you, Miss Nolan.



Hey, mushy!



l'm proud of you, chickapea. You

handled him just fine.



lt was the hair that done it.



Well, l hate to bust this party up,

but them babies gotta be fed.



Steve'll be needing a little

something too.



Three hours with the both of them.



Thirty out of fifty.



Keep the change.



Thank you.



Why, Katie Nolan.



l don't care.



There's times when feeling good and

things like that is important.



l don't care.



will you carry my flowers for me,




Ah, ya missed it, Steve.



Ah, hello, handsome.



Ah, l'm begging your pardon, Mrs.

Nolan. l just happened to drop in.



And your brother in law here seemed

to be needing a little help.



And the baby didn't seem to mind, so

l hope l'm not intruding.



Well, not at all, Mr. McShane.



You sit right down. We're going home.

Come along, Steve.



l'll take her, Mr. McShane.



Oh, l'd like it if you'd leave her.



Her and me has got to be good




Well, l wish you didn't have to




Gotta get this family of mine home.



Steve's got to deliver milk to a lot

of those babies



that like that bottled kind.



...Hmm. You don't want frown like

that, Kate.



The fellas don't like that at all.

Good bye, kids. So long, Mac.



Oh, so long, Mrs. Edwards.



Thank you, Aunt Sissy.



Bye, Mac.



Mr. Edwards, good bye.



Well... Well, l will take the

baby from you, Mr. McShane.



Mrs. Nolan, likely you've been

wondering why l came here tonight.



Well, let your wondering be over




l came here on a personal matter.



Mama, should l go...



No, no. Don't be leaving, children.



My conversation will be concerning

you as well as your mother.



Mrs. Nolan, l feel



that there's no disrespect in

my speaking my mind at this time.



And l feel that a decent time has

elapsed since the passing of



Mrs. McShane, God rest her soul.



Oh, l didn't know, Mr. McShane,

l'm sorry.



Well, l said nothing, Mrs. Nolan,



because it was near the time

of your own bereavement.



And l didn't wish to...



Well, l know that is barely six

months since your own husband too,



left this world, rest his soul.



But, when you feel, a decent

interval has elapsed,



l'm asking to keep company with you,

Catherine Nolan,



with the object of a wedding,

when a decent time has elapsed.



And for my part, l'll be glad to

keep company with you, Mr. McShane,



not for the help you can give us,




we know we can manage some way,




because you're a good man,

Mr. McShane.



Ah, and there's ah, there's one more

thing. Their father was a fine man.



And l'd have no wish to be trying

take his place.



lt would be more my intention to be

like a real good friend.



As the eldest, would you be




Yes, Mr. McShane.



l was thinking, it wouldn't be right

for me to ask the two eldest to



take my name.



But the little one, the one who has

never looked on her father.



Could you be thinking of letting me

legally adopt her?



lf that time comes. The child shall

have your name.



And now l'm wondering if

l could smoke my pipe.



You could have smoked any time,

Mr. McShane.



l didn't want to take any privileges

before l was entitled to them.



Help me put her to bed, Neeley.

- Why?



Fix the blankets.



l'll be heating up the coffee now.



will you join me in a cup,

Mr. McShane?



Oh, thank you, Catherine, l will.



Annie Lorrie McShane.






She'll never have the hard times we

had, will she?



She'll never have the fun, either.



We did have fun, when we were young,

didn't we?






Remember the olden days when we

collected junk?



Poor Lorrie.



Neeley, look at the tree, is

growing again, just like Papa said.



l feel kind of sad, like we're

saying good bye to something.






Neeley, am l good looking?



oh, whas eating you?



No, honest, Neeley. l want to know.



You'll pass.



You're sweet, Neeley.



Oh, cut the mush.


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